The Eastenders actor, 41, was presenting an award at the event on Sunday night when he spotted royal guest Camilla, 71, and made a gag about Prince Charles not being at her side. Dyer said: “Shout out to the Duchess up there. No Charlie tonight I see. I’ll pop up and see you later.” ITV cut the moment from their coverage of the theatre awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall over fears it could offend Camilla.
An insider told The Sun: “Danny’s known for his cheeky humour but bosses were hoping he’d keep it in check – especially as Camilla was in the audience.
“The ceremony is very formal so anything close to the line makes producers nervous.
“Some saw his gag as a step too far. It had to be cut from the final broadcast, no question. It could have upset the Duchess.”
But Camilla is known for her good sense of humour and it is likely Charles’s wife laughed off the quip.
It comes after actor Dyer joked he was having a “family reunion” when he met Charles, 70, last month after finding out he was related to royalty on BBC series Who Do You Think You Are in 2016.
Introducing himself to Charles at the Prince’s Trust Awards, Dyer said: “I’m in EastEnders. Just wanted to let you know we’re related as well.
“King Edward III is my grandfather – but I won’t go into it. No he is, on my life.”
Charles replied: “A very long way away.”
Taking to the stage later, Charles told the audience he had “discovered a long-lost relation with Daniel Dyer”.
He added: “He told me he was descended from Edward III, which is interesting. I must do some research when I get back.”